Morning News Monday 29th May 2017


Stabbing - A suspect believed to be involved in a stabbing leading to the death of Zaccharia Aboulfadl has been placed in custody four years after the attack. 21 year old Aboulfadl was stabbed in June 2013, during a fight in Juan-les Pins between youths from the Moulins neighbourhood of Nice and the Zaïne neighbourhood in Vallauris. In January 2014 police made several arrests in Vallauris and following the hearing all seven suspects were released. The suspect was arrested this week in Nice after returning from Algeria, where his is believed to have fled after the hearing.

Road Accident - A 53 year old man and a 30 year old woman have been hospitalized in a serious condition after an accident on the basse corniche on Saturday. Firefighters intervened after a collision between two scooters. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward and have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Break-In - A Swiss man who killed a burglar during an attempted break in at his home in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, last Thursday will not be charged for murder.  The court is Grasse has announced that the 68 year old man has been released and placed under judicial supervision and is to be charged for the possession of a category B weapon.

Cannes Film Festival - The Swedish director Ruben Östlund has been awarded the Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Square. The Square was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, in the 70th year of the festival on the French Riviera. Prizes also went to British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay and director Sofia Coppola.

Education - The French Minister of National Education Jean-Micheal Blanquer has announced the return of Latin in French schools. Blanquer made the announcement during his visit to Avignon on Friday.

Tramline - If you fancy naming one of the new tram stops in Nice then now is your opportunity. The future line is being presented in an exhibition at the sports museum in Nice and a vote is being set up to select the names. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open from the 6th June from 10am to 6pm.


Brexit - French President Emmanuel Macron has brushed off Theresa May's request for early talks on a trade deal with the EU after Brexit. The two held their first official talks on the sidelines of the G7 summit, where British Prime Minister May repeated that she would like to start talks on trade at the start of the negotiations, rather than waiting until after the issues of Britain's financial settlement and expatriate rights are resolved.

General Charles de Gualle - The tomb of General Charles de Gaulle, leader of France’s resistance to Nazi occupation during World War Two and founder of the Fifth Republic has been damaged by vandals. The act of vandalism had taken place on Saturday evening and an inquiry is underway however no arrests have been made.

Mayor of Paris - The mayor of Paris has called for a black feminist festival in the city to be banned on the grounds that it excludes white people. Anne Hidalgo tweeted that she reserved the right "to prosecute the organisers for discrimination". Some French anti-racism organisations have condemned the festival.

Cannabis - France has announced plans to introduce a law that will end prison terms for cannabis use, although consuming the drug will remain a criminal offence. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to reform laws on cannabis use in his election campaign manifesto. Currently offenders can face up to a year in jail plus a fine of up to 3,750 euros.


British Airways - More than a third of British Airways flights from Heathrow were cancelled as thousands of passengers faced a second day of disruption. The airline was hit by a worldwide computer system power failure on Saturday, causing cancellations and delays for thousands of passengers. All long-haul services left from Heathrow, but with delays, BA said. The airline has urged people to check the status of flights before travelling to the airport. The airline apologised to customers for the issue, which is thought to have been caused by a problem with the IT system's power supply. The airline is liable to reimburse thousands of passengers for refreshments and hotel costs.

And - Investors in BP want directors to prepare for changes to the leadership of the UK's second biggest oil company for the first time since it was almost crippled by the Gulf of Mexico disaster in 2010. Reportedly a number of BP's biggest shareholders plan to raise the issue of succession in the coming months.


Grand Prix - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has won the Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to 25 points. Vettel led home team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after passing the Finn by running longer to their only pit stops. There was suspicion that the strategy was a deliberate move by Ferrari to get their leading driver into the lead but the team denied that was the case. Hamilton finished seventh after a difficult race from 13th on the grid.

Indy 500 - Meanwhile Fernando Alonso's bid to win the Indy 500 at his first attempt came to a disappointing end as engine failure robbed him of a strong finish.

Football - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his side were "outstanding from the first minute" in their 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday in other football over the week-end Blackpool return to League One following their victory over Exeter and in the Scottish Premiership Hamilton retained their status in Sunday’s play-off final against Dundee United.

Cycling - Tom Dumoulin produced a sensational individual time trial to win the 100th Giro d'Italia in Milan by 31 seconds. The Dutchman, 26, started Sunday in fourth, 53 seconds behind the leader beating him by more than a minute on the 29.3km last stage. Dumoulin, has became the first Dutch winner of the Giro and the first rider from his country to win a Grand Tour since Joop Zoetemelk's victory in the 1980 Tour de France.

Manchester Run - Tens of thousands of runners took to the streets on an emotional day for Manchester days after the arena attack that killed 22 people. Armed police were stationed among spectators on Sunday at the Great Manchester Run, the latest large-scale event to take place since Monday's suicide bombing. A huge round of applause for the emergency services followed a minute's silence for the victims and casualties. Runners set off under the banner #RunForManchester.


Fine and sunny with highs of 26 degrees in Nice, 28 in Antibes and 30 degrees in Saint Tropez in the Var, with a light south westerly wind. This evening going down to 15 degrees in the Var and 17 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes.  Tomorrow Tuesday not as clear as today with some passing cloud however temperatures are forecast to remain the same Wednesday more cloud is forecast with highs of 25 degrees.



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